14th February 2019
February the 4th was a monumental day for the Irish language in Roscommon Community College. After a year of hard work and commitment by the Irish Department and student committee, the Gaelbhratach was awarded to our school last year. On February 4th, the flag was raised in RCC by a very special guest, famous Irish author Ré Ó Laighléis.
Being the only school in Roscommon to be awarded the Gaelbhratach, this was a huge honour. The Gaelbhratach entails months of promoting and creating a standard of spoken and written Irish in the school, amongst students and teachers that is of a very high standard. It involves the organisation of activities and events as Gaeilge to get students speaking and using it as much as possible. Full credit must go to Ms Dwyer and Mr Kelly in particular, the Irish Department and the student Gaelbhratach Committee of Jack Mannion, Molly Beckett, Ben Finnerty, Michael Lohan, Jack Cronin, Shauna Clogher, Ava Coyle, Michael Staunton and Seán Egan for their tireless efforts in achieving this.
A day of celebration as Gaeilge took place, with Ré Ó Laighléis undertaking a workshop with Transition Years about his literature and general grá for the language. This was followed by a session of traditional music, singing and Irish dancing along with Mr Kelly, Ms Lohan and student committee chairperson, Seán Egan saying a few words to mark the occasion.
All students were then invited out to the front of the school for the raising of the flag. Ré Ó Laighléis did the honours as the student body and teaching staff looked on proudly.
A special mention must also be given to M. Lavin and the music students who put on a fabulous show of ceol, along with Ms Lohan, Ms Keena, all teaching staff and the students of RCC for a fantastic day don Ghaeilge and for their dedication to and respect of our native language.
Beatha teanga í a labhairt.
The raising of the Gaelbhreachta flag in RCC by special guest Irish author Ré Ó Laighléis
14th February 2019
Congratulations are extended to all of our participants in their performances and successes in the recent finale of Roscommon Equestrian Centre’s Schools Show Jumping Competition.
Our members have been working hard since October, guided by the professional and talented instructors of Roscommon Equestrian Centre, to upgrade and perfect their horsemanship skills. The course included competitions where students had the opportunity to jump a course of fences to accumulate points for their school team at advanced, intermediate and novice level.
The final competition proved successful for many of our members. Congratulations to Thomas Kelly (1st year), Sarah Hoare (2nd year) and Rory Doolan (1st year) who swooped the first place position for their team ‘The Three Amigos’ with a very healthy lead at advanced level. Ellen Hynes (3rd year), Katie Cronin (3rd year), Kirstin Cronin (3rd year) and Josh Cronin (1st year) had a great run within the competition with their team ‘The Rossie Rebels’. Unfortunately as the points were added up they lost out on the top prize at intermediate level coming in as runners up at the end of the thirteen weeks. Well done also to Amanda Bolode (3rd year), Rachel Fallon (1st year) and Laura Morosa (2nd year) with their team ‘RCC Riders’, also runners up in the intermediate category.
Over the term of the course it was great to see such enthusiasm, determination, camaraderie and an overall improvement in the skills of all of our young riders.
Many thanks are extended to Roscommon Equestrian Centre for organising this event and to parents and guardians for giving all of the participants the opportunity to take part.
Until next year!!
Rory Doolan, Thomas Kelly and Sarah Hoare, winners of the advanced category in Roscommon Equestrian Centre's Schools Show Jumping Competition.
7th February 2019
Business in the Community Ireland’s (BITCI) Skills @ Work Programme partners businesses with secondary schools to give students work life skills and insights
Roscommon Community College are delighted to announce the ‘Skills @ Work Programme’ partnership with the Heat Merchants Group. In early January 2019, Heat Merchants Group has made a commitment to assist and encourage Senior Cycle Business students at Roscommon Community College to complete their schooling, by providing them with valuable first-hand insight and experience of the working world.
As part of the newly established partnership, students will take part in the ‘Skills @ Work Programme’, where volunteer employees work with students on C.V. writing and interview skills and give them an insight into the array of jobs available to students through ‘A Day in the Life” session. The partnership has been facilitated by the Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) and is an initiative of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI). The Heat Merchants Group have been established in Athlone since 2012 and employ over 300 people across their network of 44 branches. Alan Hogan, Managing Director, commenting on the partnership with Roscommon Community College, said:
“It is extremely important that students are fully aware of potential job opportunities within their communities, as cities are not always the answer. This programme is beneficial for the local economy and can assure the future staffing needs of our company along with providing skilled workers for other local businesses and prospective businesses.”
The ‘Skills @ Work Programme’ at Roscommon Community College will run over a number of weeks leading into the summer break. During the year, employees of Heat Merchants will talk to the students about the real-life skills required in the workplace, such as C.V. writing and interview preparation. The Human Resource Manager, Suzanne Devlin, based in Northern Ireland, will work with the LCVP and Senior Cycle Business Students, giving advice on C.V. writing, interview preparation and finally with the help of her colleagues in the HR department, will be inviting students to a mock interview in the company’s head office. Heat Merchants Group management will organise ‘A Day in the Life’ session, to assist the students in recognising the value of completing the Leaving Certificate and help them explore possible career paths. The students will also be brought on a site visit to the Heat Merchants Group HQ and witness the many career opportunities that exist in the heating, plumbing and renewable energy sector.
Georgina Keena, Principal of Roscommon Community College, speaking about the social partnership programme added:
“This programme broadens horizons, helps students view their future in terms of a career as opposed to just a job and to think outside the box as well as looking at traditional areas. It improves student/management/pupil relations, improves their confidence when addressing authority figures, makes students proud of their school and themselves and it encourages them to dwell on their strengths.”
Funded by the Department of Education and the participating businesses, The Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) has matched 204 post primary schools in Ireland with a local business.
LtoR: Principal Georgina Keena, Roscommon Community College, Denise Staunton, Business Department, Suzanne Devlin, HR Manager and Alan Hogan Manager.
7th February 2019
Our school adapts a cross curricular approach to teaching about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), which are 17 goals that are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The SDG’s address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.
On Wednesday, 30th January our Second Year Home Economics students visited Galway Atlantaquaria, Ireland’s largest native species aquarium. Here we focused on expanding our knowledge on Sustainable Goal number 14 ‘Life Below Water’. Not only have students learnt about fish in Home Economics but this fieldtrip also linked in with the work being completed in our school from a Green School perspective, as we aim to achieve our eighth green flag on Global Citizenship-Marine Environment.
The hands on visit to the aquarium was most enjoyable as we got a guided tour of the two floors and over 70 exhibits, which display the wealth of life along the Atlantic Coast of Ireland. We learnt about animal conservation, life and marine heritage, and also got to hold some crab and starfish, feed some fish and learn about the dangers of plastics in the ocean. A thoroughly enjoyable interactive visit that definitely helped us broaden our knowledge of the diverse marine ecosystem of Ireland and made us more aware and conscious of how our actions can impact on marine life.
2nd year students Molly Beckett, Aisling Gannon, Kyrsten McDonnell, Orianna Cribbon and Megan King admiring the beautiful starfish.
2nd year students Aisling Cooney and Orianna Cribbon feeding their curiosity at the Aquarium
7th February 2019
We were very fortunate to have been awarded with seven Gaeltacht Scholarships by the GRETB for use in Coláiste Chamuis this summer. Students were invited to apply to be in with a chance of winning one of these lucrative scholarships whereby the GRETB pays €600 off the total price of the course. Guímid comhghairdeas mór míllteach to Tommy Morris (1D), Aisling Cooney (2A), Feidhlim O’Sullivan (3C), Michael Lohan (4C), James Mannion (4C), Ava Coyle (4C) and Evan Croghan (5A) on their success agus tá súil againn go mbainfidh siad idir taitneamh agus tairbhe as a gcúrsa Gaeltachta i gColáiste Chamuis.
With the Irish Oral now worth 40% at Leaving Cert Cycle and one of the new Junior Cycle CBA’s designated to be a communicative task we have no doubt that these students will benefit tremendously from their immersion in the Conamara Gaeltacht this summer. Maith sibh uilig!